The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) should at least have the courtesy to contact 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to listen to their side of the story rather than only based its reports on the online news website (Sarawak Report), said Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan today.
Describing it as unbecoming for United States Attorney-General Loretta Lynch to use such a strong language in a situation when she was unsure whether there was a case or not, he said ‘a charge had not been decided’ giving a prejudice view against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Malaysian government and 1MDB. “When we read the 136-page document, we find that it was based on the Sarawak Report which has a heavy political agenda against the government, BN and prime minister.
So, our concern is why the DOJ of the US (United States) did not call 1MDB to verify. At least get the otherside of the story. “That is the only question. Why you go to the court and tell the whole world of your story when it is not completed,” he said after attending the Economic Planning Unit’s (EPU) Hari Raya open house here. The DOJ had recently filed civil lawsuits to seize assets acquired with money allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB, the government investment fund.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman, who is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for the EPU, said the prime minister had repeatedly emphasised that he was not involved and that public funds were not involved. “What happens now is an allegation. Several individuals have been alleged to have taken or stolen 1MDB funds. It is an allegation by the DOJ,” he said, adding that the DOJ was taking the opportunity to hit the country, government, prime minister by using very rude language.
On the group linking Najib to the DOJ allegation, Abdul Rahman said if the DOJ had any proof to drag the prime minister, then his name would be stated in the DOJ document. “Try and show where (Datuk Seri) Najib’s name had appeared…whereas several other names had been stated in the document,” he said.
Sarawak Report would like to thank the UMNO communications chief for his flattering suggestion that the United States Department of Justice hangs unquestioningly onto our every word.
It is a valuable admission from the heart of a government that has blocked our website and issued an arrest warrant for the Editor, for “spreading false rumours”, that everything we have written on 1MDB is entirely true and vindicated by the investigations of the US authorities.
However, our vanity is checked by common sense. The mighty United States Department of Justice, together with its partners in the FBI, who manage the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, together with their ranks of top lawyers and investigators, are not in the business of being made fools of and their resources are unparalleled. They will have been particularly careful in such a case where they have been forced to embarrass the leader of a friendly nation and several of the world’s top banks, including their own.
They have spent a year looking quietly into the whole matter without breathing a single word in public, whilst other prosecutors in countries like Switzerland and Singapore led the way in also making plain that Malaysian Official 1 had been up to the business of kleptocracy on a simply massive scale.
But, when the Americans moved they did it in massive force and they made no bones about it. No one was left in any doubt as to who Malaysian Official 1 is and what he has been up to – he should be wary of claiming he has not been named else somebody equally believable may feel forced to clarify further.
And of course the DOJ did not rely on Sarawak Report in order to arrive at their conclusions. Since the PM chose to filtch the money in dollars the details of each and every transaction had passed through the United States bank clearing system, as required of all dollar transfers. The computa data was therefore available at the fingertips of the US regulators to check immediately on request – it is one of the money-laundering provisions put in place by the US banking system.
Did Najib and Wharton Business School graduate Jho Low not know this crucial fact when they set out on their money laundering spree? Or do they and Mr Dhalan just think that the ‘stupid kampung folk’ won’t understand why it was so easy for the DOJ to provide in searing detail the step by step evidence of every single transfer, down to the last digit and actual second it took place?
To claim that the DOJ provided no evidence in a 136 page report that was packed with such relentless and thorough evidence is again laughable and sad. Dhalan is trading on his assumption that Malay-speaking ‘simple folk’ will not be able to read it for themselves and that an UMNO controlled media will drown it with his message.
But, Malaysians are not fools and they are getting the message anyway. They have experienced these UMNO folk and their dodgy media outlets for long enough. And when the rest of the world says one thing and a bunch of known thieves says another, it is easy enough to judge the truth.
The fact is that it is UMNO who have brought zero evidence to substantiate their silly stories of Saudi Royal donations, received and then returned. It is 1MDB which has been firing global accountancy firms one after the other and refusing to reveal its books. And it is 1MDB which has lost billions of dollars and can’t account for their disappearance…. whereas the United States DOJ has shown exactly how the money went, step by step, from 1MDB loan issues into Najib’s account – and those of his step-son and accomplices.
It really is most embarrassing and sad. Malaysians deserve a better leadership than a bunch of thieves, who have been so publicly brought to book and UMNO should sort the matter out and replace their leader and key cronies like Dhalan immediately or admit that the entire party is no longer fit to govern.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today ruled that the ban on Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua on travelling overseas, stands.
Justice Hanipah Farikullah said that it was not a constitutional right for all, including Pua, to be allowed to travel abroad.
She also said in her oral judgment that the director-general of the Immigration Department has the power to enforce the ban under Section 3(2) of the Immigration Act.
The court cited Loh Wai Kong’s case which was decided by Lord President Suffian. It said the court was bound by this decision, which was also cited in the recent Victoria Jeyasalee versus the Federal Territory Islamic Council case.
As a result of the two cases cited in the Federal Court, Justice Hanipah said this court was bound by it, based on the stare decisis principle (a decision from a superior court that binds the lower court).
In Loh’s case, which was in 1975, he was not allowed to have his passport renewed as he had faced a criminal charge.
Justice Hanipah, in citing Loh’s case, said Suffian wrote that Article 9 (of the Federal Constitution) provides freedom of movement.
“However, the article is silent on travel outside the country,” she said.
On the (argument that) barring Pua from travelling had violated his right under Article 5 regarding ‘liberty of a person’, Justice Hanipah said this article relates to personal liberty but it does not include the right to travel (overseas) and right for someone to possess an (international) passport.
Justice Hanipah also said the ban did not violate Pua’s legitimate expectation right as there was no constitutional right that a citizen could travel abroad nor was there any promise or representation that a valid passport gave the holder that right.
Pua was barred from travelling to Yogjakarta on July 22 last year, after the inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar informed the director-general of the Immigration Department that the politician was being investigated under Section 124b of the Penal Code, on alleged actions detrimental to parliament democracy.
Khalid had issued a letter dated July 15 last year to the director-general of Immigration Department informing him about the investigation on Pua.
If the constitution does not provide for the right to travel, there is a very good reason.
The British, who drew it up, simply didn’t imagine an eventuality where someone would be denied their freedom of movement for no good reason at all.
More fool them?
Tony Pua is a senior figure, who along with very many other civil society and political figures, is currently being arbitrarily detained in the ‘modern democratic state of Malaysia’ – their passports having been rudely removed by police officers at the airport.
He is an elected member of the Federal Parliament, which is the highest sovereign body in the land (collectively more sovereign than the Prime Minister or the King).
On his last permitted trip abroad Pua attended his Alma Mater, which was Oxford University, to debate on a platform alongside a Minister from the Prime Minister’s Office on the future of democracy in Malaysia, together with other panelists.
Then, a year ago, an order came to prevent his next trip…. based on charges of “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.
These charges have yet to be substantiated by any evidence or explanation whatsoever and Tony Pua has continued to fulfil his role in the meantime as one of the most prominent and effective members of Parliament.
In that role, where he acts also as a Finance spokesperson for DAP, he has, of course, caused considerable embarrassment to the Prime Minister, who is also Finance Minister – and also Malaysian Official 1 at the eye of the storm over 1MDB.
Could this be the reason for the arbitrary restriction of his obvious right to move about as he pleases as a free man in a ‘free country’?
Malaysia has sadly reached a shocking state of affairs, as all thinking people know and the world has woken up to. An under-talented leader, supported by people who are even more stupid, but equally greedy and corrupted, is panicking as he loses control.
Najib has stopped trying to justify his actions and he is merely attempting to intimidate. He is abusing all the official levers of authority which he has excessively appropriated while in office, plainly in order to compensate for a lack of confidence in his own ability to lead through his own force of character and the natural respect accorded to good leaders.
There are still good men and women in Malaysia, but Najib from the day he took office has been packing the bench and every civil service job with yes men as hard as he can go.
Malaysians have therefore to decide if they want to be ruled increasingly by morons making moronic decisions with no foundation in law or logic… or to mention publicly that they don’t.
It’s the difference between freedom and bondage and it has to come from the people themselves.
Umno Youth has filed a police report against former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akthar Aziz, outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kasim Mohamed and former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail.
According to Umno vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun, the three are believed to be involved in a conspiracy to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the Malaysian government.
Khairul lodged the report with the Dang Wangi police headquarters.
In his report, which was sighted by Malaysiakini, the Umno Youth leader said the three were suspected of providing confidential information to foreign agencies without authorisation, including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
He also alleged that some of the documents submitted were falsified and the information twisted to achieve their agenda.
So Najib’s agents have ‘named’ the ‘traitors’ they regard as being the conspirators against the PM – as none other that the country’s most respected independent officials, before he got rid of them!
The ex-Governor of the Central Bank, Attorney General and Chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission are vilified in this attack by Najib’s paid up ‘UMNO Youth’ supporters.
Frankly, if a Prime Minister has managed to alienate figures such as these, by definition it would be time to step aside and find someone who can lead. But, Najib is now fearful of the consequences of his crimes, which explains his extraordinary failure to step aside in the face of the tumult caused by 1MDB.
Meanwhile the accusation that the US indictment was based on ‘doctored documents’ from these top officials is, of course, soft-headed nonsense.
The United States have access to the full details of any dollar transaction in the world and once they were tipped off about 1MDB they merely had to scroll through their computer data to trace every single deal…. like the $681, which Najib himself has admitted went through his account.
No need for documents from Malaysia therefore. The day Xavier Justo’s evidence landed on the desks of the DOJ and FBI they had the Malaysian kleptocrat squared.
So by issuing this report Najib’s side-kicks have merely at last admitted something that they denied for months, which is that the previous AG DID ISSUE THAT WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST AND AS A RESULT NAJIB DID UNCONSTITUTIONALLY SACK HIM ON BOGUS GROUNDS OF ILL HEALTH.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reiterated his call for the people not to speculate on the US Department of Justice’s court filings related to 1MDB last week.
He said the government takes the department’s allegations seriously.
In the meantime, he added, people should not get carried away and allow due process to take its course.
“Sooner or later, we will know the truth. In the meantime, let’s not get too carried away in this matter.
“We should allow the process to proceed using the appropriate legal processes. That is the government’s stance, and we will give full cooperation,” he told some 1,000 would-be pilgrims at the Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque in Putrajaya this afternoon.
Have some dignity man!
The process of law and order will take its course. Meanwhile, a 136 page indictment by the DOJ has laid out in clearest detail exactly how $681 million was raised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB at your behest and then two days later landed in your account.
They have the bank transfer details on each and every transaction, because naturally you chose to do the deal in dollars, which they control through their clearing systems.
You have admitted you received the money and have said it was from a Saudi Royal. If you are now going to attempt to say that the US Attorney General and all her team are blatant liars then you are going to have to bring some evidence to compare with theirs….. like a name for that Royal!
So far, the best ‘evidence’ your own hand-picked AG has brought forward has been that the Saudi Royal family “have not commented” on your claims. Wow! now that is cast iron proof that they kindly paid you billions of ringgit if one ever saw it… (sarcasm intended).
In these situations leaders have to resign, in order to let that justice take its course and to be seen to do so independently. You are clinging on to office. Your step-son has run back to Malaysia from his Hollywood and London homes to hide under your skirts.
Your only way out of this is to start murdering and incarcerating your fellow citizens, which you seem willing to try, or to step down and take one of your many jumbo jets to a country willing to give haven to people who pay (remember to take Rosie’s diamonds – she bought them for this reason).
President Barrack Obama has instructed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to receive the visit of prominent legal brain from Malaysia, Shafee Abdullah, who shall furnish all documents and evidence on the wealth of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s sons in the United States, according to sources.
The wealth of Mahathir’s sons are said to be worth in the range exceeding USD 5 billion.
This is said to be the retaliatory move by Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak on Mahathir.
Shafee is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday July 26 with five officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Dr Mahathir is desperately making attempts to stop the investigation of his sons assets worldwide.
Najib Razak is blaming his political opponents for exposing his crimes, when in fact it was his own criminality and stupidity to blame.
Mahathir in fact only became his enemy after this criminality had become so excessive and blatant and obvious, before that he was his patron and his friend.
It was the whistleblowers and the journalists, like Sarawak Report, who first exposed Najib and who tipped off the Federal investigations.
But, Najib only sees things in the context of political scheming amongst the ‘all-powerful UMNO elite”. He doesn’t understand that giants can be brought down by mice.. ordinary people, especially when there are a lot of those mice and they have had enough.
So, he tries to play ‘tit for tat’, without realising how this damns him further. He is saying, why complain about my sins, when X and Y sinned also – classic crook mentality.
On the plus side, at least the widespread rumour throughout Malaysia that this trip is merely in fact a cover, so that Najib’s trusted, Mr Shafee, can offer $500 million more of Malaysia’s stolen money to Clinton’s campaign team (in return for dropping the case in 1MDB) can now be laid to rest…… can’t it?
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan maintained that Najib Abdul Razak was not subject to the 1MDB investigation as the probe did not in any way implicate the prime minister.
He said this in response to the United States Department of Justice action with regard to 1MDB, the government investment fund.
“If there are any guilty parties in this investigation, they should be penalised. The important thing is that in the released documents, the prime minister is not involved in the investigation.
“In fact, the prime minister’s name is not mentioned at all,” he told a press conference during his inaugural visit to the offices of Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju), Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) and Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd in Petaling Jaya today.
This is a man who plainly never passed any exam in his life.
Poor thing is so supremely thick he is unable to get his head round the staggeringly obvious and plentiful references to Prime Minister (Najib) as Malaysian Official 1.
The US DOJ officials plainly did not realise quite how stupid the likes of Dahlan are – they did not realise that if you are dealing with Najib’s Cabinet members you need to speak to them as if they were two years old.
That is the reason their dirty boss employed them in the first place
Multimedia and Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak has issued a warning against the leaks in government information spotlighted by Sarawak Report’srevelations on the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB.
“It is alarming that not only have confidential information been sold but that some of it have been altered or doctored in the effort to sensationalise the issue,” claimed Salleh in a statement on his blog last night.
“The main question would be what else and even more damaging information have also been sold that we are not aware of.
“And this puts the security of the nation at risk and this is nothing short of an act of treason,” he said.
He said this lent credence to rumours of an alleged entity called the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ (ANC), purportedly armed with “RM2 billion funding” to attack Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak….
Critics have urged the government to declassify the report in light of the Sarawak Report leaks.
Salleh said claims regarding the purported ANC and its “RM600 million set aside to finance the media and online war” have never been denied.
“The 20-month onslaught against Prime Minister Najib Razak using both foreign plus local blogs and news agencies to play up the 1MDB issue as the catalyst to try to oust Najib without a doubt costs a lot of money,” he said.
Sarawak Report has no idea if there is an “Anti-Najib Campaign”, as described by Mr Salleh, since he doesn’t appear to understand the point of bringing evidence to substantiate his various claims.
However, we can confirm that we are not part of such a group, have no knowledge of any money, have received no money and have paid nothing for this information.
He has once again slandered us by saying so. And by alleging that no one would ever do the decent thing, except in return for money, he reflects only on the type of person that he plainly is himself.
Mr Salleh has ludicrously attempted meanwhile to have his cake and eat it, by acknowledging there has been a leak of genuine information, while claiming it has been “doctored”!
Perhaps he might care to provide examples of this “doctoring” and also explain why Sarawak Report would bother to doctor a leaked document, which was evidently so damaging anyway that his boss had to make an Official Secret out of it, just days after the Auditor General himself had promised it would be shortly published in accordance with the law?
Police and the Auditor-General will verify the authenticity of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) report published by Sarawak Report before taking action, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Khalid said a discussion would be held with the AG to ensure the authenticity of the documents as per the AG report which was classified as an official secret document.
“We are not sure if the documents published by Sarawak Report is truly the auditor-general’s report or had been altered before being published.
“If the documents are the real ones that have been classified as secret, we will investigate under the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Sri Satria, here today.
Khalid said Sarawak Report’s legitimacy remains in doubt since the portal had published inaccurate statements a number of times.
Sarawak Report would be grateful if the Chief of Police could elaborate on this allegation that we have published inaccurate statements a number of times.
Were we, for example, inaccurate when we revealed that his daughter and brother in law set up a company selling guns which only he can licence? And was our recent story about a five star jamboree by his senior officers in Italy on a training exercise, wives in tow, incorrect?
Is it not the fact that we have been relentlessly proven correct in every important aspect of our coverage that Malaysians appear to set more store by what we publish that the denials of a Prime Minister who dares not publish a public document?
Were the IGP to be genuinely seeking to enforce the law in this matter, he should begin by countering the unconstitutional actions of the Prime Minister in suppressing the Auditor’s Report, which according to the constitution ought to have been passed directly to the Agong and then to Parliament for publication.
Sarawak Report (SR) should be investigated for threatening national security, a minister said today after the website disclosed what it claimed to be a classified Auditor-General’s report.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the whistleblower website’s claim, if true, would be a breach of the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).
“The recent declaration that Sarawak Report has in its possession of a document classified under OSA warrants investigation by the police.
“Such an investigation needs to be undertaken urgently and expeditiously to prevent further leakages of official secrets documents which may put the country in security jeopardy,” Salleh told Malay Mail Online when contacted today
This Minister for Fun has acknowledged the report is real, which gets rid of one bit of nonsense at least – the allegation that we had “forged” it.
However, he ought not conflate ‘national security’ with the security of criminals on the run from the law.
There are plainly still good folk in Malaysia, who have not yet been murdered or sacked or put in prison, who have a clear enough sense of right and wrong that they have refused to accept blatant abuses of power.
One such blatant abuse was to slap an official secrets order on what ought to have been and was promised would be a public report by the Auditor General into what has gone wrong with 1MDB.
It is in the national interest for these facts to be widely known, in order to prevent future such debacles and ‘disappearances’ of billions of dollars of public money.
It is only in the interests of the criminals responsible to cover it up and make it secret.
A senior leader of Malaysia’s ruling party quit on Monday, the latest among several party officials to leave or be sacked after criticizing Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-billion dollar financial scandal involving a state-owned fund.
Recent electoral wins and a gradual recovery in the economy have allowed Najib to sack more critics and reshuffle his cabinet, bringing in loyalists ahead of general polls that may be held as early as next year.
Shafie Apdal, who as a vice-president was the fifth-most senior leader of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO), resigned two weeks after two other senior leaders were sacked by the party over their criticism of Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
“Justice is not being done. There is no justice in the way UMNO is being run,” Shafie said on Monday at a rally in his home constituency of Semporna, a ruling party stronghold in the Borneo state of Sabah.
The international press has noted this, yet another senior departure from UMNO, as will financial markets and all Malaysia watchers.
A leader must rule by consent in order to rule successfully. Yet, one after another, the brightest stars, who once supported Najib, have resigned or protested and been sacked.
The ones who remain are tarnished themselves or jumped up opportunists, promoted beyond their dreams.
The Lord and Lady Macbeth of Malaysia may seek to say that this is all represents a consolidation of their power, but with every departure of respected courtiers comes a growing unease.
The other Shakespearian analogy presently wafting around KL is that there is something rotten in the State of Malaysia: a whiff of corruption, murder and madness is in the air.
Everybody knows it and it cannot end well.